…And We’re Rolling…Rolling…Rolling on a River

Memorial Day brought us a chance to slow down a little bit and give us a much-needed break. Abby’s friends eventually went home and we finally stopped hosting the neighborhood hangout (my front lawn needs a break as well!). We got our weekly chores done and flopped on the couch as much as possible, catching up on our DVR and of course the Star Wars marathon on Spike TV! But that didn’t last long – we were right back at it on Tuesday morning, heading back to work and school. Ann left work early to meet with a contractor about the work on the house and property after the storm damage. She did a lot of leg work in preparing our home owners insurance claims, calling around and searching the internet, researching most of the afternoon and in to the evening. Luke had a baseball game that night. He went 3-2 from the plate – I know, you’re thinking, “I’ve never seen that before…must be a typo.” However, he did have 2 hits in one at-bat. The umpire called it a dead ball because the pitch actually touched the ground just before he hit it. We didn’t know what was going on at first, but finally figured it out and so he came back and promptly hit another one out to the outfield! His other at-bat gave him a long home run! It was the first of the year for him, I believe. However, defensively, we gave the game away. Luke didn’t help matters either, as he committed 3 of the team’s 11 errors. All of his were throwing errors, something we would work on later in the week. We ended up losing by 5 runs to a team that we should’ve beaten but gave them too many chances (9-4). Abby also had a game at the same time. She played catcher and went 0-1 with a walk. Her team also lost, but it wasn’t nearly as close – ending the game early via 10-run rule. Abby received the coveted, “Pass Plus” on 2 of her 3 ISTEP tests!! She only missed the 3rd by five stinking points!! Way to go, Bu! Matt passed several tests but has two Algebra tests to go. He studied for several hours that evening, in hopes he won’t have to take Algebra again over the summer… On a downer note, today would’ve been John Bonham’s 63rd birthday today. We miss ya Bonzo…

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I left work early on Wednesday to attend Luke’s Awards Day at the elementary school. He was excited to see me and was thrilled to win two awards – Honor Roll & Hall of Fame Reader (Good job, buddy!). The little stinker kept hiding behind a little girl every time I tried to take his picture though…grr… Luke & I mowed at Grandma & Gigi’s house (man, was it warm that day!). Lukey had another baseball game that evening. He went 2-3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Luke again had a couple of throwing errors at pitcher. He did have 4 assists, so his inconsistency is something that needs to be improved upon. We were so proud of the boys as they played hard during this game against a team that had beaten them badly earlier in the year, winning by two runs. We were all very excited!

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Abby had Awards Day on Thursday, where she cleaned up with three: Honor Roll (she got straight A’s this 9 weeks again!!), Hall of Fame Reader and Perfect Attendance (she also brought home some kind of Science award as well). We worked on throwing that evening; Luke was out there with me for a couple hours, where as Bu joined us for the last half hour or so…Abby resumed the game that had been delayed for the tornado warning. She went 0-1 at the plate with a VERY close play at first. She actually hit it to the outfield but the fielder came up throwing and caught her not giving it 100% the whole way and “supposedly” got her by an eyelash. It sure looked like a tie at the time and really looks like a tie on tape. Either way, she made the fielder pay for it with a collision that sent both girls to the ground. She played catcher again and did quite well – although we had fun heckling her to stop letting the pitches get past her. 😉

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Friday was the last day of school! The kids were so excited. Matt passed algebra! They all brought home loads of artwork, which I’ve included below. Abby had a softball game. She went 1-1 with a solid hit and a walk. She played catcher and made a great play at home to tag a runner (which was called safe but sure looked out to us) and then fired the ball down to third base where she recorded an assist as the third baseman tagged out the gal trying to stretch her double a little too far. She was robbed of a double play!! It was a great game that went back and forth the whole game, but the gals eventually lost by 2 runs, 14-12. We met with another contractor after the game that also helped me to secure up the roof a little better. I was impressed that they went out of their way, late on a Friday, to help us out even though there was no guarantee of them getting the job – it was very nice. We had Little Caesar’s “pizza-pizza” and crazy bread for dinner late that evening. It was the first time I could remember having LC pizza since we lived up in LaPorte all those years ago. We all fell asleep early that night, worn out from a long week.

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Ann took Matt & Abby for hair cuts with Jamie in Columbus. Alex came over a couple hours before he & Luke’s game to hang out. His folks were attending the high school graduation where Heather (their oldest) graduated. It was blazing hot for the kids’ game that afternoon. In fact, the opposing team’s catcher and our pitcher (coach) both got dehydrated and had to be taken out of the game. We did our best to make sure everyone had plenty to drink. Luke did much better at pitcher with 4 assists and only 1 throwing error. He went 2-2 at the dish, hitting the outfield once. He also scored 2 runs. Afterwards, Mom & Sandy came over to watch the kids as Ann and I headed to Louisville. It was her annual staff outing and this year it was a trip down the Ohio River on the Belle of Louisville. It was pretty relaxing but awfully hot and humid! I hadn’t been on a paddle steam boat since I was a little boy and Ann didn’t think she had ever been on one. We saw some gorgeous homes and the lovely Louisville skyline at night was a sight to see. We enjoyed a nice buffet and some decent music. We had a fun night out. We had quite the display of lightning on the way home as the skies were lit up like fireworks the entire ride home but never saw much rain. The insurance adjuster came to see us on Sunday afternoon. He was a very nice gentleman that taught us a lot about our insurance and how it works. Little Molly, the stinker, got out another 3 times that day, chewing her way through the temporary construction fence (making it seven total times we’ve had to go get her). Thankfully, she doesn’t run away like Lola and only hangs out around the house. But enough was enough – I finally broke down and bought a 50’ chain and drive a stake in the middle of the back yard. You should see her – she hates it and drags it around like a ball & chain. But it does the job – she hasn’t run off since! We completed our weekly chores and stayed indoors mostly, trying to beat the heat of another 90 degree day. The car was so hot when we got in it after getting the chain that it actually read 131 degrees! It sucks not having a pool…

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Here are this week’s videos, including three of the family and some others from around the net that caught my attention and wanted to share on this forum:

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

OK; let’s flip on the Waybac machine. Leading off, we go to the magical year of 1987 for another picture of my high school graduation. I can make out several attendees in this great picture: Uncle Ralph, Grandpaw Brown, Dad S, Aunt Lou Atha, Aunt Dorothy, Uncle Timmie & Aunt Sharon. Next we have a couple pictures of the annual October birthdays, this time in Kokomo; and getting dressed for a Pop Warner football game in the kitchen in LP with Rob and Dad B; and another picture of a Brown family reunion fish fry at Kenny & Marilou’s house in Rossville. Next we fast forward to 1990 for Christmas vacation in LP – Mom & Dad B in front of the Christmas tree, Rob with Santa hat opening gifts, Rob & I napping with Peanuts standing guard; Rob with Grandpaw Brown hanging out, watching football and finally the important stuff – Mom’s Christmas lunch…looks like Aunt Lou came this year as well…

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Next we move to May of ’95 for a couple pictures of Week 19, down at poolside; Rob with Matt in Rossville at Thanksgiving in 1997; more pictures of Breakfast with Pooh at Walt Disney World in ’99; off on a dolphin watch (not a whale watch, much to Ann’s chagrin – she still hasn’t let me live that down to this day!) during the same vacation on the Gulf; a few pix of when Abby met the family for the first time later that year, in September; Abby’s first Christmas with Grandpa Bryan; and Matt & I at his first soccer camp, which was a parent/child camp where we both learned about the sport.

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We wrap it up in the new millennium – First during Week 19 in May of 2K: Matt & Bu with me in the Gulf; Matt jumping in to the Sand Pebble pool to me while Abby and Mom B stay cool a day later; Matt & Abby during bath time in June of 2000; more pictures of Matt’s fifth birthday party where there were several attendees: Dee & Grace, Mom O, Grandpa B, Rich Drew and daughter, Amy & Baili, Ann, Matt and his friend Nathan; Matt & Abby having Easter at Grandma & Grandpa B’s house; and finally more pool pictures at the Sand Pebble – this time in the kiddy pool with Bubby & Bu during week 19 in May of 2002.

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That does it for this episode of the Scheu Family Blog. Thanks as always for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll catch up with you again next time out. Until then, have a good one.
Later, Scheu

3 comments to …And We’re Rolling…Rolling…Rolling on a River

  • We wanted to say a special thanks to all those who said prayers in the past 24 hours for Grandpa Bryan – we love you bud and wish you a speedy recovery!
    Tom, Ann, Matt, Abby & Luke

  • After looking again at those 1990 pictures, I see that some of those are more likely from Halloween or Thanksgiving, given the decor that Mom has out. I remember she used to always decorate for all the different seasons…even that damn goose!! ;-P

  • Mom

    Congrats on the grades you guys!!! Great going!!!! Aren’t you glad I decorated for the holidays…that way you can identify what season it is in the pics???!!! I always thought there was a reason to my madness!! Oh and yes the goose still gets her outfits on for the seasons down here along with any changes in between. You love it!!! I know you do. Keep up the good work Luke and Abby on the fields. You are improving and learning at the same time. Good artwork also. Very original works of art. I am amazed that you remember the paddle boat ride in St. Louis when you dad and I took you there with us on vacation to your great uncle and aunts on your dads side. It was your grandpa Scheu’s brother and wife. I still can’t remember their names…maybe Sue can put a name with them. Anyway, you were just a little over 1 yr old when we went and you poor kid had diarrea from the change in the water we guessed. Anyway here we are on the paddle boat and you are having a major mess in your diaper. I think I actually ran out of diapers on that boat and couldn’t wait until we got back to their house to get more on you. But the boat trip was really neat and it was extremely hot the day we went also. Thank you for your words on dad. He is behaving and will enjoy his vacation next week. We have nothing really planned just piddle around here and maybe go some places locally. Love you all and we wish you all the best this summer and hope the house issues come together for you. XXXOOO’s

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